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Comment: Re:I want an electronic notebook for $300 (Score 1) 549

by maillemaker (#35249280) Attached to: Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

>Trust me, you say you want all that, but once you get it, you'll be adding on more criteria such as something that is light and easy to carry around.

Anything would almost certainly be lighter than my bookbag full of books and notebooks.

>You can go onto eBay and buy something like what you say you want for less than $300 in the form of an XP tablet.

I will go and look into this.

Comment: I want an electronic notebook for $300 (Score 1) 549

by maillemaker (#35245404) Attached to: Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

Here's what I want:

I want an electronic device approximately 8.5 x 11 inches in size that I can write on with a stylus just like writing on paper.

I need to be able to store some PDF versions of textbooks on it also.

This device would give me one single thing to carry all my college text books and notebooks on.

I want this device to cost no more than $300.

Comment: Study your history. (Score 1) 143

by maillemaker (#35203344) Attached to: NASA's Ares 1 To Be Reborn As the Liberty Commercial Launcher

>Really? You speak for "we"? Interesting. Arrogance
>aside, please describe one single thing that will make
>money from space.

I'm sure they asked the backers of all the colonial expeditions to the New World the same question. They came hoping to find gold. Instead they found everything else that made America wealthy.

Who knows what will be found in space that will be worth money. Hell, just the REAL ESTATE will be worth money, once people can reliably get there and back.

>Hmm, that's right, the few things that do make money
>from space don't involve people in space:
>communications satellites and recon satellites.

These are things that we know of TODAY that make money.

The rest of your post is just a complaint about the limitations of man's abilities TODAY. You speak as if they will never be overcome. Maybe they won't. But unless we TRY, they certainly won't be.

But all of this is beside my point, which is, man explores not for "no particular reason", but for a very specific reason - personal gain. Assuming we figure out how, man will go forth into space for the same reasons he has gone anywhere - looking for the greener grass on the other side of the fence.

Comment: "no particular reason" (Score 3, Interesting) 143

by maillemaker (#35142806) Attached to: NASA's Ares 1 To Be Reborn As the Liberty Commercial Launcher

Man does not explore for "no particular reason". Man explores for personal gain.

We are going into space to make money. What it is that is going to make us money is as unknown to us as the wealth of America was known to Christopher Columbus. But we know that there is a high likelihood that something worth some money is going to be found.

And hell, it just might be fun.

Comment: Maybe. (Score 1) 498

by maillemaker (#34883268) Attached to: Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

As these things get cheaper and cheaper, maybe so. But then again, maybe not.

For years I have always purchased my own engineering calculators. I'm glad they are my personal property.

A few years ago I purchased my own 3D mouse for CAD work. I am glad I own it, also. They are so cheap that I can't imagine operating CAD software without one, regardless of whether the company would pay for one or not.

Computers may be approaching that cost level.

BUT

The problem is that computers must interface with the corporate network. They are going to want to control what software is on it, security settings, and the like. So you might own the hardware, but you may not have much control over it.

Comment: Why buy products that limit your choices? (Score 0) 419

by maillemaker (#34623008) Attached to: Microsoft Puts the Kibosh On Kinect Sex Game Plans

I don't understand why people would buy closed computing products where you can't run whatever you want to run on them.

I buy the hardware. After that, I should be able to run whatever software I can buy that runs on it.

Who buys these things? They need to get off my lawn.

Comment: No... (Score 1) 391

by maillemaker (#34619866) Attached to: Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?

>In other words you blame GT because you couldn't hack it there.
>That's why GT grads can demand more $$ in the workforce.

Not at all. Obviously Georgia Tech graduates are superior to others because they are smart enough to learn the material on their own.

I wasn't. I needed someone to teach me the material. I suspect most people go to school to be taught material. Georgia Tech is seemed to me to be a place where you went certification of the knowledge you acquired on your own.

I blame Georgia Tech for not actually teaching core material.

Now maybe this is by intent - maybe the idea is to weed out everyone who isn't smart enough to learn the core material on their own. But it sure makes me wonder what you're paying for to go to school there. Reputation, I guess.

Comment: Computer Science = Algorithm Development (Score 5, Interesting) 564

by maillemaker (#34616790) Attached to: Do High Schools Know What 'Computer Science' Is?

I hold a BS in Computer Science.

I believe the field should be called "Algorithm Development".

It is called "Computer Science" because it was computers that allowed the useful embodiment of many algorithms. But the reality is (often literally, during coursework), that the platform, hardware or software, is largely irrelevant to the mathematical development of algorithms.

Today, as the article notes, anything related to using computers is often labeled "Computer Science". Rather than trying to get the rest of the world to stop using a term that is actually somewhat intuitive, I think CS should change its label to something that is actually a more intuitive description for itself.

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